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Professor of Critical Race Studies, University of Birmingham

David is Professor of Critical Race Studies and editor-in-chief of the journal ‘Race Ethnicity and Education’.

David’s research focuses on race inequalities in education, especially the role of racism as a changing and complex characteristic of the system. He has written 6 books and more than 140 refereed articles, chapters and reports that range from original studies in classrooms and with teachers, through national reviews of research evidence in the field, to analyses of the changing policy landscape internationally. He is closely associated with the approach known as ‘Critical Race Theory’ and, in 2012, received the Derrick Bell Legacy Award; the highest honour possible from the US-based Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA). David is also a member of the Laureate Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi international honor society; membership of which is limited to 60 living educators judged to have made a significant and lasting impact on the profession of education.


  • –present
    Professor of Critical Race Studies, University of Birmingham